We heard the rumours before we arrived in Perth (all optimistic and bank accounts full) Australia is pretty pricey.
Here’s a few free things we enjoyed while staying in the city centre…
Elizabeth Quay is a really lovely place to go and grab a bite to eat or just have a walk around. A lot of the waterfront is newly developed and was opened in 2016. It’s modern and has a really nice vibe to it for all ages. There’s various information boards, sculptures, inspirational quotes and a small water-garden fountain kids can play in. From Elizabeth quay there’s also various boat tours you can take up and down the Swan river. You can even take a Red Baron seaplane for something a bit more special!
You can also do segway tours and even grab a ride on a camel down at Elizabeth Quay. If camels aren’t up your street, they’ve also got designated cycle and running paths from the Quay all along the waterfront.
We were lucky enough to catch the WA Day celebrations at Elizabeth Quay. For two days they had various ‘beer, booze and bites’ stalls, as well as a live music tent, interactive activities and art installations. WA Day is celebrated on the first Monday in June each year to commemorate the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829.
Kangaroo spotting at Heirisson Island
First day in Perth, this was a priority. First time ever in Australia and there’s a Kangroo Island in Perth city centre, we were ready to spot some roos!
Didn’t work out too well for us but apparently they’re in there. If anything, it’s a great photo point of the city or somewhere to go for a nice run round.
Missing home? Take a stroll through London court for a patriotic leap back in time. Smack bang in the middle of the central business district you can pick up an Aussie souvi in the Elizabethan styled arcade. Cute bunting too, Queenie would be proud.
This was our favourite spot in Perth. It takes the full day so pack a picnic or something to BBQ, all around Kings Park you’ll find free stations to cook up your sausages or burgers.
Warm up for your walk round the park by climbing Jacob’s ladder – 242 concrete steps which also double up as the most popular fitness spot in Perth. Towards the evening
more and more people arrive to run or walk up and down the steps. Not for you? No dramas, there’s other routes up to the park, including a CAT bus*.
Kings park is great for kids and adults, it’s one of the world’s largest inner-city parks at 400.6 hectares. Romantic spot? Kings park. Kids day out? Kings park. Strapped for cash and need some exercise? Kings park.
It’s literally got it all. Our fave picks were…
The DNA tower, race your opponent to the top to see Perth city centre and it’s surroundings.
The water gardens, follow the gentle stream over mini waterfalls.
The Lotterywest Federation Walkway, a treetop walk over the gardens with views over the bay and city centre.
Botanic gardens, information on Australia’s flora and fauna – topped with interesting facts about Aboriginal history.
The State War Memorial and the Flame of Remembrance and Pool of Reflection
*The CAT buses are a great way to get around the city centre and they’re completely free (can’t imagine those in London any time soon).
Where to stay
As we were planning on using our first week in Australia to get all the admin done and buy a camper van, we only booked the first week in a hostel. Compared to a lot of the other hostels we have seen, this one ranked pretty highly for a back packers hostel. The location was great and the cleanliness was also really good. You can check it out here and all other options for Perth here.
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